Celebrating in style

Thanks to Sue Clapham, Rachel O’Connor and Helen Jeffray (photos).

Last weekend, against a backdrop of silverware, players, officials and supporters of Guiseley AFC celebrated a historic campaign with the end-of-season dinner at Otley Golf Club.

With a magnificent vista of the Wharfe Valley through the clubhouse windows, 125 guests settled down to enjoy a three-course meal with the courses interspersed with the presentation of prizes.

The main trophies on display were the Vanarama Conference North Play-Off Final winners’ trophy, won by a Guiseley side elevated to the top rank of non-league football for the first time, and the FA Women’s Premier League North Division One championship trophy, won by Guiseley Vixens Ladies who are elevated to the top echelon of the women’s game in the North for the first time.

The Academy’s under-21 side also had the West Riding County FA under-21 Divisional trophy they won in a season in which they were also cup runners-up and runners-up to Gateshead in the Conference North Youth Alliance.

The dinner was organised by Sue Clapham and the individual awards were presented by the managers and coaches of the respective teams.

First Team Awards

Manager’s Player of the Season (The Eric Waite Memorial Trophy) – Adam Boyes

Players’ Player of the Season – Jake Lawlor

Fair Play Trophy (The Michael Schofield Shield) – Ryan Toulson

Sponsors’ Player of the Season – Oli Johnson

Supporters’ Player of the Season – Jake Lawlor

Academy Awards

Manager’s Player of the Season – Luke Porritt

Players’ Player of the Season – Luke Porritt

Top Goalscorer – Redmond Lee

Ladies’ First Team Awards

Manager’s Player of the Season – Ami Beresford

Players’ Player of the Season (The Gladys Clapham Memorial Trophy) – Ami Beresford

Top Goalscorer – Tanya Rich

Ladies’ Reserve Team Awards

Manager’s Player of the Season – Nicola Frankland

Players’ Player of the Season – Nicola Frankland

Top Goalscorer – Bethan Smith

Special Awards

Academy Volunteer Awards – Josh Snowden, Stephen Smith and Myles Foley

The Michael Hill Rose Bowl for the Young Achiever of the Year – Josh Brayshaw

The Freda Collinson Rose Bowl for club volunteer of the year – Alan Whitehead